Reason Number Six
”Abraham Live,” maybe the creepiest thing to come out the Abraham-Hicks marketing machine, even if the title itself wasn’t weirdly funny, ran concurrent with the workshops. For only seventy-five bucks, with no right to record a copy, followers could watch Esther do her shtick on their computers.
In short, the Hicks Team was webcasting their workshops, much as the monster churches do and were probably gearing up to ask followers to pony up subscription fees, taking greed to a whole new level.
As Gordon Gecko pointed out, greed can be good, but when you consider the sales pitch for this thing, it’s hard to imagine who would pony up seventy-five hard-earned dollars for it or, really, why followers aren’t already fleeing.
Quoting directly from the announcement:
We recently had a chat with Abraham about these upcoming global broadcasts of our live seminars, which will allow people to participate in a live event without actually being in the room. So many people, from so many places around the world, have requested that we travel to their countries so that they can participate with Abraham, and this new Live Stream broadcast answers that request. It will be a great way for people who can’t be, or don’t want to be, in the seminar room to still participate in the seminar.
As Abraham used the word ‘participate,’ Jerry asked, ‘Since the people won’t be in the room and won’t be raising their hands, and won’t be able to sit in the hot seat to ask their question, what does Abraham mean by participate?’ Abraham smiled…
Now when you consider the unintentional humor of going “live” with a group of “nonphysical teachers” who claim to be “deader than dead,” you might overlook the suggestion of having a “chat” with them, but what got me was “Abraham smiled….”
Now just exactly how does a nonphysical entity, who Esther Hicks claims gives her “blocks of thought,” smile…?
Nathan argues in comments that, if Abraham can convey thought with emotion, then they can convey a smile.
Of course, in reality, Esther claims they convey “blocks of thought,” not “thoughts with emotion” and a smile is a whole other thing. Nice try, Nathan.
The word whacky doesn’t even cover it.
And then, there were seven…
Asked about severely disabled children Abraham said these were “old souls” arriving damaged, just for the experience, saying nothing about how struggling parents attracted them.
An important aspect of their preaching about the law, as explained, is that we are always in control of everything that happens in our lives. A random genetic error, an accident, is not possible, since each individual creates every aspect of their experience.
Esther here comes up with fairly crackpot theory and impossible explanations to justify implausible circumstances.
You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks Number Eight
In Boulder Colorado in June of 2004, Esther said this: “Every bit of it is about economics. Every bit of it, without exception. Everything about religion is about economics. Everything about politics is about economics. And everything about economics is personal satisfaction. Everyone is personally motivated to do the best that they can possibly do for themselves.”
But in Kansas City in September, same year, she said, “Your world is pointing toward an insistence on conformity which is causing you enormous grief. It’s what’s at the heart of all of your religious battles, and religious battles are what are at the heart of all of your battles. In other words, all of your wars and global irritation with one another are over your determination to promote sameness. Your democracy insists that it’s the only government that works. And every religion (it’s interesting to note) proclaims that it is the only one that works.”
But Esther, didn’t you say it was all about economics? Oh, well…
Now, You’ve Got Nine
Recent books, especially in the series starting with the Power of Emotions as a subject, are not direct quotes from Abraham. They’re rehashed, teachings stretched out with object lessons, in the style of the earliest Abraham recordings.
They are expurgated by Jerry Hicks, according to his own lights, which reduces their credibility for several reasons we can save for another time.
To get a better perspective on this, try to get your hands on the audio version of these books. At the close of each, they include an Abraham-Hicks live session recording. The difference is dramatic. Moreover, Jerry, not Esther who appears only in the introduction, reads aloud.
Jerry never claimed to channel Abraham.
Note: These later books were a repackaging Abraham for profit. This makes them someone’s selective interpretation, not the pure, gut stuff straight from Abraham.
Ten: From the simple Law of Attraction teachings, the Abraham-Hicks team has added many complicated procedures and new ideas. Now, instead of “you get what you think about” and “birds of a feather flock together,” we have a “vortex” where desired things are held in “escrow.”
They haven’t been delivered because the time is not yet right or, the standing explanation, “you’re not letting it in.”
When it was revealed that, contrary to Esther and Jerry Hicks’ claims, the “Law of Attraction” did not originate with them, they migrated it to the clunkier but vastly more convenient term “Vortex of Attraction,” which does.
End Of The List For What Esther Hicks Always Gets Wrong
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